April 2009 Top Story Archives



The Space Report 2009 Reveals Industry Growth to $257 Billion

The Space Report 2009 Reveals Industry Growth to $257 Billion

[Wednesday, April 1, 2009]

According to The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity overall worldwide space revenues grew nearly 2.5 percent in 2008, rising to $257 billion.




NASA Media Briefing Provides Check-Up on Arctic Sea Ice

NASA Media Briefing Provides Check-Up on Arctic Sea Ice

[Wednesday, April 1, 2009]

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., will hold a media teleconference on Monday, April 6, at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT), to present the latest observations of sea ice conditions in the Arctic.




NASA Brings Orion Spacecraft Mock-Up To Kennedy Space Center

NASA Brings Orion Spacecraft Mock-Up To Kennedy Space Center

[Wednesday, April 1, 2009]

NASA will showcase its next-generation spacecraft and water landing testing, which will return humans to the moon, during two media events in April.




NASA's Off-World Racing Begins April 3 with 16th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

NASA's Off-World Racing Begins April 3 with 16th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

[Wednesday, April 1, 2009]

Approximately 75 high school and college teams from around the world will converge on Huntsville, Ala., April 3-4 for off-world racing in NASA's 16th annual Great Moonbuggy Race.




AIA: International Competition Calls For Increased NASA Funding

AIA: International Competition Calls For Increased NASA Funding

[Thursday, April 2, 2009]

The way to protect U.S. leadership in space against growing international competition is stable and sufficient investment, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey told a House appropriations subcommittee Thursday.




NASA Joins 'Around the World in 80 Telescopes'

NASA Joins 'Around the World in 80 Telescopes'

[Thursday, April 2, 2009]

A collection of NASA missions will be involved in a live event Friday, April 3, that will allow the public to get an inside look at how these missions are run.




Ice-Free Arctic Summers Likely Sooner Than Expected

Ice-Free Arctic Summers Likely Sooner Than Expected

[Thursday, April 2, 2009]

Summers in the Arctic may be ice-free in as few as 30 years, not at the end of the century as previously expected. The updated forecast is the result of a new analysis of computer models coupled with the most recent summer ice measurements.




ISS EarthKAM Spring 2009 Mission

ISS EarthKAM Spring 2009 Mission

[Thursday, April 2, 2009]

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2009 Mission on April 28-May 1, 2009.




House Approves Budget, Including Commitment to Science and Technology Funding

House Approves Budget, Including Commitment to Science and Technology Funding

[Thursday, April 2, 2009]

Today, the House of Representatives approved H.Con.Res.85, which sets budget levels for fiscal year 2010 through 2014.




NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis At Launch Pad For Hubble Mission

NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis At Launch Pad For Hubble Mission

[Friday, April 3, 2009]

After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis now awaits liftoff for its target May 12 STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.




Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet in Archival Data

Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet in Archival Data

[Friday, April 3, 2009]

A powerful, newly refined image-processing technique may allow astronomers to discover extrasolar planets that are possibly lurking in over a decade's worth of Hubble Space Telescope archival data.




NASA Dawn Journal 29 March 2009

NASA Dawn Journal 29 March 2009

[Monday, April 6, 2009]

Dawn continues to coast quietly and calmly in its orbit around the Sun, keeping its main antenna pointed to faraway Earth.




Satellites Show Arctic Literally on Thin Ice

Satellites Show Arctic Literally on Thin Ice

[Monday, April 6, 2009]

The latest Arctic sea ice data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center show that the decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice cover is continuing. New evidence from satellite observations also shows that the ice cap is thinning as well.




NASA Astronaut Tweets Provide Inside Look at Mission Training

NASA Astronaut Tweets Provide Inside Look at Mission Training

[Monday, April 6, 2009]

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino is using Twitter to provide a unique, behind the scenes peek at the last weeks of his training for the fifth and final shuttle servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.




Media Invited To Cover Endeavour Rollover On April 10

Media Invited To Cover Endeavour Rollover On April 10

[Monday, April 6, 2009]

Media are invited to cover space shuttle Endeavour's scheduled move from Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2 to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Friday, April 10 at NASA's KSC for its upcoming STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.




Titan may have subsurface ocean of hydrocarbons, says Stanford researcher

Titan may have subsurface ocean of hydrocarbons, says Stanford researcher

[Tuesday, April 7, 2009]

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may have a subterranean ocean of hydrocarbons and some topsy-turvy topography in which the summits of its mountains lie lower than its average surface elevation, according to new research.




Stunning Backlit Dust in a Giant Galaxy

Stunning Backlit Dust in a Giant Galaxy

[Tuesday, April 7, 2009]

A new Hubble image highlights striking swirling dust lanes and glittering globular clusters in oddball galaxy NGC 7049.




GOCE's electric ion propulsion engine switched on

GOCE's electric ion propulsion engine switched on

[Tuesday, April 7, 2009]

GOCE's sophisticated electric ion propulsion system has been switched on and confirmed to be operating normally, marking another crucial milestone in the satellite's post-launch commissioning phase.




Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Winners

Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award Winners

[Tuesday, April 7, 2009]

The Conrad Foundation, in partnership with NASA Ames Research Center, today announced the winners of The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards.




Astronauts may need more intense workouts to maintain muscle fitness in space

Astronauts may need more intense workouts to maintain muscle fitness in space

[Tuesday, April 7, 2009]

A new study in the The Journal of Applied Physiology, suggests that astronauts need to modify their workouts to avoid extensive muscle loss during missions onboard the International Space Station (ISS).




Picture Perfect Soyuz Landing in Kazakhstan

Picture Perfect Soyuz Landing in Kazakhstan

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

Two members of the 18th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station and a spaceflight participant returned to Earth at 2:16 a.m. CDT Wednesday.




Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Making the Case

Wayne Hale's NASA Blog: Making the Case

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

Going through some old papers, I found a school publication which contained an essay I wrote in 1971. If memory serves, I had just read Gerard K. O'Neill's "The Case for Space", and of course, the Apollo lunar expeditions were in full swing.




Herschel and Planck To Lift Off on 6 May

Herschel and Planck To Lift Off on 6 May

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

With the additional checks related to the flight worthiness of the Herschel telescope now completed, ESA and Arianespace have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for 6 May 2009.




Touch Moon Rock Returned by U. of Kansas' First Astronaut

Touch Moon Rock Returned by U. of Kansas' First Astronaut

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

Visitors will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock this week in the new NASA Driven to Explore trailer at the University of Kansas.




NASA Science Update to Discuss Anatomy of Solar Storms

NASA Science Update to Discuss Anatomy of Solar Storms

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

NASA will hold a Science Update at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 14, to present new findings and three-dimensional views revealing the inner workings of solar storms known as coronal mass ejections.




Dust Cover Jettisoned From NASA's Kepler Telescope

Dust Cover Jettisoned From NASA's Kepler Telescope

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

Engineers have successfully ejected the dust cover from NASA's Kepler telescope, a spaceborne mission soon to begin searching for worlds like Earth.




James Webb Space Telescope First Flight Mirror Completes Cryogenic Testing

James Webb Space Telescope First Flight Mirror Completes Cryogenic Testing

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

The first mirror segment that will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has completed its first series of cryogenic temperature tests in the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility at the Marshall Space Flight Center.




NASA Selects Material for Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield

NASA Selects Material for Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon. After extensive study, NASA has selected the Avcoat ablator system for the Orion crew module.




XMM Newton Looks at Messier 82

XMM Newton Looks at Messier 82

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

ESA's spaceborne X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has carried out an exclusive observation of the galaxy Messier 82, for the '100 Hours of Astronomy' cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.




McGill High Arctic Research Station Photo Report - Dale Andersen: 8 April 2009 Colour Peak Springs

McGill High Arctic Research Station Photo Report - Dale Andersen: 8 April 2009 Colour Peak Springs

[Wednesday, April 8, 2009]

Several regions on Earth where annual temperatures are well below freezing and yet liquid water persists. Such polar regions provide analogs to study the hydrological cycle under conditions that have prevailed in the polar desert environment of Mars.




NASA Twin Spacecraft May Reveal Secret of Moon's Origin

NASA Twin Spacecraft May Reveal Secret of Moon's Origin

[Thursday, April 9, 2009]

Two identical NASA spacecraft are preparing to enter a point in the universe that may eventually answer the question of how our moon was born.




First Results from Penn's Balloon-Borne Telescope BLAST: Extragalactic Survey Reveals Half the Universe's Starlight

First Results from Penn's Balloon-Borne Telescope BLAST: Extragalactic Survey Reveals Half the Universe's Starlight

[Thursday, April 9, 2009]

After two years spent analyzing data from BLAST, the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, physicists are releasing the first results.




Aerosols may drive a significant portion of arctic warming

Aerosols may drive a significant portion of arctic warming

[Thursday, April 9, 2009]

Though greenhouse gases are invariably at the center of discussions about global climate change, new NASA research suggests that much of the atmospheric warming observed in the Arctic may be due to changes in tiny airborne particles called aerosols.




Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications

Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications

[Friday, April 10, 2009]

The PEIS examines the potential environmental impacts of issuing an experimental permit for the operation of reusable suborbital rockets anywhere in the U.S. and abroad.




NASA to Announce New Space Station Module Name April 14

NASA to Announce New Space Station Module Name April 14

[Friday, April 10, 2009]

The agency plans to make the announcement with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The program will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT.




Pararescuemen conduct water test of new NASA capsule

Pararescuemen conduct water test of new NASA capsule

[Sunday, April 12, 2009]

Six pararescuemen from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., conducted recovery testing on a mockup of NASA's next-generation spacecraft March 8 at the Trident Turn Basin here.




NASA Forecasting Experiment for Cyclones Shows Promise

NASA Forecasting Experiment for Cyclones Shows Promise

[Monday, April 13, 2009]

NASA satellite data and a new modeling approach could improve weather forecasting and save more lives when future cyclones develop.




Teacher Applications for 2009 Weightless Flights of Discovery Program Now Being Accecpted

Teacher Applications for 2009 Weightless Flights of Discovery Program Now Being Accecpted

[Monday, April 13, 2009]

The Northrop Grumman Corporation Foundation is accepting teacher applications for the Weightless Flights of Discovery program, an initiative that places teachers on micro-and zero-gravity flights to energize students in the formative middle-school years.




NASA has Concerns About Mars Rover Spirit

NASA has Concerns About Mars Rover Spirit

[Monday, April 13, 2009]

The team operating NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is examining data received from Spirit in recent days to diagnose why the rover apparently rebooted its computer at least twice over the April 11-12 weekend.




Planck Goes Through Final Prep

Planck Goes Through Final Prep

[Tuesday, April 14, 2009]

Over the past few weeks Europe's Planck Satellite has been going through final preparations before launch. Planck is Europe’s first mission to study the relic radiation from the Big Bang.




Herschel Space Telescope is Almost Ready for Launch

Herschel Space Telescope is Almost Ready for Launch

[Tuesday, April 14, 2009]

Herschel’s three scientific instruments have passed their functional tests and are good to go. This marks another milestone in the steady progress being made in preparing the satellite for launch.




Black Hole Fireworks Captured by Hubble Telescope

Black Hole Fireworks Captured by Hubble Telescope

[Tuesday, April 14, 2009]

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a flare-up from a monster black hole. A jet of matter blasting from the black hole is giving astronomers an incredible light show.




SpaceX Falcon 1 Flight 5 Update

SpaceX Falcon 1 Flight 5 Update

[Tuesday, April 14, 2009]

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 1 on it's 5th flight with a primary payload of Malaysia's RazakSAT as early as April 20 as everything reportedly remains on schedule.




NASA New Space Station Module Name Honors Apollo 11 Anniversary

NASA New Space Station Module Name Honors Apollo 11 Anniversary

[Tuesday, April 14, 2009]

The International Space Station module formerly known as Node 3 has a new name. After more than a million online responses, the node will be called "Tranquility."




Is there Life on Earth-Like Planets?

Is there Life on Earth-Like Planets?

[Wednesday, April 15, 2009]

Astronomers are on the threshold of discovering the Holy Grail of planetary sciences, new Earth-like planets. The next challenge will be to determine whether or not these worlds have life on them, especially intelligent life that we can communicate with




ESA Mars500 Isolation Week Two Report

ESA Mars500 Isolation Week Two Report

[Wednesday, April 15, 2009]

At ESA's special isolation facility, Cyrille Fournier describes how the Mars500 crew is managing to feel at home, decorating their sleeping quarters and eating fresh vegetables grown in the greenhouse after their second week.




ESA and Italian Satellites Show How Earth Moved During Italy Quake

ESA and Italian Satellites Show How Earth Moved During Italy Quake

[Wednesday, April 15, 2009]

Using ESA’s Envisat and the Italian Space Agency’s COSMO-SkyMed, scientists have begun analysing the movement of Earth during and after the 6.3 earthquake that shook the medieval town of L’Aquila in central Italy.




Indiana University Astronomer's Discovery Challenges Galaxy Formation Theories

Indiana University Astronomer's Discovery Challenges Galaxy Formation Theories

[Wednesday, April 15, 2009]

A team led by an Indiana University astronomer has found a sample of massive galaxies with properties that suggest they may have formed relatively recently. This would run counter to the widely-held belief that massive, luminous galaxies.




Mars Spacecraft Team up for Dust-Storm Season

Mars Spacecraft Team up for Dust-Storm Season

[Wednesday, April 15, 2009]

Heading into a period of the Martian year prone to major dust storms, the team operating NASA's twin Mars rovers is taking advantage of eye-in-the-sky weather reports.




NASA's Kepler Sees First Light in Planet-Hunting Quest

NASA's Kepler Sees First Light in Planet-Hunting Quest

[Thursday, April 16, 2009]

NASA's Kepler telescope has taken its first images of the sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth. The new first light images show the mission's target patch of sky, a vast starry field in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy




Chandra Images Cosmic Heavyweights

Chandra Images Cosmic Heavyweights

[Thursday, April 16, 2009]

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory along with the Hubble Telescope and Keck Observatory have identified the most crowded collision of galaxy clusters.




ASU's THEMIS Keeps an Eye on Growing Mars Dust Storm

ASU's THEMIS Keeps an Eye on Growing Mars Dust Storm

[Thursday, April 16, 2009]

Scientists at Arizona State University’s Mars Space Flight Facility are using the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter to monitor a new dust storm that has erupted on the Red Planet.




NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Events Around the Country

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Events Around the Country

[Friday, April 17, 2009]

NASA centers across the nation invite journalists and the public to see and hear about the agency's efforts and contributions to understanding and protecting Earth.




NASA Begins New Phase of Orion Landing Systems System

NASA Begins New Phase of Orion Landing Systems System

[Friday, April 17, 2009]

NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., began a new phase of testing today for the Orion crew module, NASA's next generation spacecraft.




NASA Will Broadcast High Definition Views of Earth on Earth Day

NASA Will Broadcast High Definition Views of Earth on Earth Day

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

A special high definition feed from NASA Television on Earth Day, April 22, will feature views of Earth captured by cameras aboard the International Space Station.




The European Space Agency Wants You!

The European Space Agency Wants You!

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

To mark the International Year of Astronomy, ESA is launching a special competition for students. Participants will use data obtained by the Integral space observatory to investigate objects in one of the most active regions of our Galaxy.




Moon Dust Hazard Influenced by Sun's Elevation

Moon Dust Hazard Influenced by Sun's Elevation

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

In the 60s and 70s, the Apollo Program struggled with a miniscule, yet formidable enemy: lunar dust. Four decades later, a new study reveals that forces compelling lunar dust to cling to surfaces change during the lunar day with the elevation of the Sun.




Researchers Detect Most Complex Molecules yet Discovered in Interstellar Space

Researchers Detect Most Complex Molecules yet Discovered in Interstellar Space

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, Cornell University, USA, and the University of Cologne, Germany, have detected two of the most complex molecules yet discovered in interstellar space.




Primitive Dust Samples Provide Pre-Solar Time Capsules

Primitive Dust Samples Provide Pre-Solar Time Capsules

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

An international team of scientists has found some of the most primitive matter containing abundant interstellar material analyzed to date amongst dust particles collected from the upper atmosphere by NASA aircraft.




Mass Loss Leaves Close-In Exoplanets Exposed to the Core

Mass Loss Leaves Close-In Exoplanets Exposed to the Core

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

An international team of scientists has found that giant exoplanets orbiting very close to their stars could lose a quarter of their mass during their lifetime.




Great Nebula of Orion's Chaotic and Overcrowded Stellar Nursery

Great Nebula of Orion's Chaotic and Overcrowded Stellar Nursery

[Monday, April 20, 2009]

Astronomers have completed the most wide-ranging census ever produced of dynamical star formation in and around the well-known Great Nebula of Orion.




Happy Birthday Hubble - 19 Years Young

Happy Birthday Hubble - 19 Years Young

[Tuesday, April 21, 2009]

To commemorate the Hubble Space Telescope's 19 years of historic, trailblazing science, the orbiting telescope has photographed a peculiar system of galaxies known as Arp 194.




Fueling of the Planck Spacecraft

Fueling of the Planck Spacecraft

[Tuesday, April 21, 2009]

Fuelling operations for the Planck spacecraft have been successfully completed last week. The filling of the propellant tanks with hydrazine liquid was performed in the S5A building at the Centre Spatial Guyanais.




Exoplanet Twice the Mass of Earth Discovered - Could it be a Water World?

Exoplanet Twice the Mass of Earth Discovered - Could it be a Water World?

[Tuesday, April 21, 2009]

Well-known exoplanet researcher Michel Mayor today announced the discovery of the lightest exoplanet found so far. The planet, "e", in the famous system Gliese 581, is only about twice the mass of our Earth.




Most Distant Detection of Water in the Universe

Most Distant Detection of Water in the Universe

[Tuesday, April 21, 2009]

Astronomers have found the most distant signs of water in the Universe to date. Dr. John McKean of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) will be presenting the discovery at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.




Pillars of Creation formed in the Shadows

Pillars of Creation formed in the Shadows

[Wednesday, April 22, 2009]

Research by astronomers at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies suggests that shadows hold the key to how giant star-forming structures like the famous “Pillars of Creation” take shape.




Herschel Observatory Weighed and Fuelled Before Launch

Herschel Observatory Weighed and Fuelled Before Launch

[Wednesday, April 22, 2009]

About two weeks ago, Herschel was weighed to record its dry mass before the satellite was fuelled with 256 kg of liquid hydrazine. After switching it on to confirm normal function, engineers integrated the fuelled satellite with the Ariane 5 adapter.




International Year of Astronomy Opens Portal to the Universe Site

International Year of Astronomy Opens Portal to the Universe Site

[Thursday, April 23, 2009]

Keeping up-to-date with cutting-edge astronomy and space science breakthroughs has just become that much easier, thanks to the Portal to the Universe, the latest Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).




SpaceX Reaches Milestone as Draco Thurster Succesfully Completes Qualification Testing

SpaceX Reaches Milestone as Draco Thurster Succesfully Completes Qualification Testing

[Thursday, April 23, 2009]

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed a rigorous qualification of its new Draco spacecraft thruster and Draco propulsion tank at the SpaceX Test Facility in McGregor, Texas.




Arianespace Soyuz Launch in French Guiana Takes Shape

Arianespace Soyuz Launch in French Guiana Takes Shape

[Thursday, April 23, 2009]

In French Guiana a new launch base is being built for the medium-lift Soyuz. The Soyuz will join Arianespace's heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the future lightweight Vega in operations at the Spaceport.




Giant Electrical Tornadoes in Space Generate Currents that Drive the Northern Lights

Giant Electrical Tornadoes in Space Generate Currents that Drive the Northern Lights

[Thursday, April 23, 2009]

Earth-bound tornadoes are puny compared to "space tornadoes," which span a volume as large as Earth and produce electrical currents exceeding 100,000 amperes, according to new observations by a suite of five NASA space probes.




Mars Institute

Mars Institute "Moon-1" Humvee Rover Successfully Completes 500 km Drive Along Northwest Passage

[Friday, April 24, 2009]

An international team of researchers successfully reached the arctic community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada on Friday, 17 April, after an 8-day, 500 km vehicular trek on sea-ice along the fabled Northwest Passage.




Mars Chaotic Terrain in Ariadnes Colles

Mars Chaotic Terrain in Ariadnes Colles

[Friday, April 24, 2009]

Mars exhibits numerous 'chaotic terrains'. These are areas with an apparently inordinate accumulation of rocks of varying sizes and flat-topped features.




Spirit Resumes Driving While Analysis of Problem Behaviors Continues

Spirit Resumes Driving While Analysis of Problem Behaviors Continues

[Friday, April 24, 2009]

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit drove on Thursday for the first time since April 8, acting on commands from engineers who are still investigating bouts of amnesia and other unusual behavior exhibited by Spirit in the past two weeks.




NASA's Swift Satellite Comet Tally Highlighted

NASA's Swift Satellite Comet Tally Highlighted

[Friday, April 24, 2009]

A montage of comet images made using NASA's Swift spacecraft illustrates just how different three comets can be. The images, including a never-released image of Comet 8P/Tuttle, were shown during a webcast called "Around the World in 80 Telescopes".




Active Galaxies Flare and Fade in Fermi Telescope Movie

Active Galaxies Flare and Fade in Fermi Telescope Movie

[Friday, April 24, 2009]

The gamma-ray sky comes alive in a movie made from data acquired by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope during its first three months of operations.




Saturn V Replica Takes Flight

Saturn V Replica Takes Flight

[Sunday, April 26, 2009]

In a record breaking event, Steve Eves and his team of rocket men successfully launched a 1/10th scaled model version of the Apollo era Saturn V which took men to the moon. This is now considered the largest amateur rocket to ever be launched.




Space University Report Offers Ways  To Avoid Further Satellite Collisions

Space University Report Offers Ways To Avoid Further Satellite Collisions

[Monday, April 27, 2009]

Speaking during the International Space University's recent symposium on "Space for a Safe and Secure World” University President Michael Simpson said that the 2007 study on Space Traffic Management recommended ways to prevent space collisions.




ESA's Soils Moisture and Ocean Salanity (SMOS) Mission Gets a Launch Date

ESA's Soils Moisture and Ocean Salanity (SMOS) Mission Gets a Launch Date

[Monday, April 27, 2009]

ESA's SMOS mission will launch on 9 September this year and the satellite has just been taken out of storage - providing an opportunity for the media to view the satellite before it is prepared for shipment to the launch site in Russia.




Farthest Known Object: New Gamma-Ray Burst Smashes Cosmic Distance Record

Farthest Known Object: New Gamma-Ray Burst Smashes Cosmic Distance Record

[Tuesday, April 28, 2009]

Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, along with colleagues elsewhere in the United States and in the United Kingdom, have discovered the most distant object in the universe.




Gemini Onservatory releases Image of Most Distant Known Object in Universe

Gemini Onservatory releases Image of Most Distant Known Object in Universe

[Tuesday, April 28, 2009]

The Gemini Observatory has released the first color image of what astronomers are calling the most distant object ever seen in the universe. The object is known as a gamma-ray burst which are the most energetic single events known in the universe.




NASA Launches James Webb Space Telescope Educational Online Game

NASA Launches James Webb Space Telescope Educational Online Game

[Tuesday, April 28, 2009]

NASA has developed a flash on-line game about telescopes, featuring NASA’s next-generation spacecraft, the James Webb Space Telescope! The game, called “Scope it Out!” includes an introduction to telescopes and four matching games.




Satellite Imagery Shows Fragile Wilkins Ice Shelf Destabilized

Satellite Imagery Shows Fragile Wilkins Ice Shelf Destabilized

[Tuesday, April 28, 2009]

Satellite images show that icebergs have begun to calve from the northern front of the Wilkins Ice Shelf -- indicating that the huge shelf has become unstable.




Rogue Black Holes May Roam the Milky Way

Rogue Black Holes May Roam the Milky Way

[Wednesday, April 29, 2009]

It sounds like the plot of a sci-fi movie: rogue black holes roaming our galaxy, threatening to swallow anything that gets too close. In fact, new calculations suggest black holes may wander the Milky Way.




Resolving a Galactic Mystery

Resolving a Galactic Mystery

[Wednesday, April 29, 2009]

An extremely deep Chandra X–ray Observatory image of a region near the center of our galaxy has resolved a long-standing mystery about an X-ray glow along the plane of the galaxy.




Starbursts in Dwarf Galaxies are a Global Affair

Starbursts in Dwarf Galaxies are a Global Affair

[Thursday, April 30, 2009]

Bursts of star making in a galaxy have been compared to a Fourth of July fireworks display: They occur at a fast and furious pace, lighting up a region for a short time before winking out.




Arctic Trek to 'Break the Ice' on New NASA Airborne Radars

Arctic Trek to 'Break the Ice' on New NASA Airborne Radars

[Thursday, April 30, 2009]

NASA will 'break the ice' on a pair of new airborne radars that can help monitor climate change when a team of scientists embarks this week on a two-month expedition to the vast, frigid terrain of Greenland and Iceland.




International Year of Astronomy Opens Reports Record Number of Dark-Skies Observations

International Year of Astronomy Opens Reports Record Number of Dark-Skies Observations

[Thursday, April 30, 2009]

The global citizen-science campaign GLOBE at Night 2009 recorded 80 percent more observations of the world’s dark skies than the program’s previous record.




MESSENGER Reveals Mercury as a Dynamic Planet

MESSENGER Reveals Mercury as a Dynamic Planet

[Thursday, April 30, 2009]

Analyses of data from the NASA sponsored MESSENGER spacecraft’s second flyby of Mercury in October 2008 show that the planet’s atmosphere, magnetosphere, and geological past are all characterized by much greater levels of activity than first suspected.




Challenger Center Welcomes New Board Member Astronaut Parazynski

Challenger Center Welcomes New Board Member Astronaut Parazynski

[Thursday, April 30, 2009]

Challenger Center for Space Science Education has added a new member to its Board of Directors, former Astronaut Scott Parazynski who was informed of his election at Everest Base Camp where he is preparing to make a bid for the summit of Mt. Everest.




We Are Go for Launch to Repair the Hubble Telescope

We Are Go for Launch to Repair the Hubble Telescope

[Thursday, April 30, 2009]

NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Atlantis' readiness for flight and selected an official launch date for the STS-125 mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.